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Emirates stops flights to three major Australian cities

Sydney - Emirates has suspended flights to Australia's three largest cities as the country further restricts international arrivals over fears of new virus strains.

Sobbing relatives bury Indonesian plane crash victim

Jakarta - Sobbing friends and relatives filed into a Jakarta cemetery Thursday to bury the remains of a flight attendant from the crashed Indonesian passenger jet, as divers restarted their hunt for its second black box.

Funeral to be held for Indonesian plane crash victim

Jakarta - Grieving friends and relatives were expected at a Jakarta cemetery Thursday for the funeral of a flight attendant on the crashed Indonesian passenger jet, as divers restarted their hunt for its second black box.

Hunt for cockpit tapes after Indonesia jet crash

Jakarta - Bad weather forced scores of divers to temporarily suspend their hunt for a crashed Indonesian jet's cockpit voice recorder Wednesday, as investigators worked to read critical details on a flight data device that had already been salvaged.

Grim procession: Indonesia crash victim families give blood for DNA matching

Jakarta - Relatives of Indonesia's plane crash victims formed a grim procession at a Jakarta morgue Tuesday, to give blood so investigators can try to match their DNA to body parts plucked from the murky depths of the Java Sea.

Indonesian divers hunt seabed for crashed plane's black boxes

Jakarta - Indonesian divers returned Tuesday to a wreckage-littered seabed off Jakarta in their hunt for the black boxes that will likely be key to unlocking the mystery of why a passenger jet carrying 62 people fell from the sky.

Indonesian plane crash: what we know

Jakarta - A Boeing passenger jet carrying 62 people crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta at the weekend. Here's what we know about the disaster so far:- What happened?

Crew on crashed Indonesian passenger jet did not declare emergency

Jakarta - The crew of an Indonesian passenger jet that crashed off Jakarta at the weekend with 62 people aboard did not declare an emergency or report technical problems before it suddenly plunged into the sea, an investigator said Monday.

Indonesia says located black box recorders from crashed plane

Jakarta - Body parts, twisted wreckage and clothing were plucked from waters off the Indonesian capital Sunday after a passenger jet with 62 people aboard crashed shortly after take-off a day earlier.

Indonesian plane feared crashed after losing contact

Jakarta - An Indonesian budget airline plane with 62 people on board is suspected to have crashed into the sea shortly after the Boeing passenger jet took off from Jakarta airport on Saturday, authorities said.

One year after plane downed, victims' governments demand justice from Iran

Toronto - Canada and other nations whose citizens died in Iran's downing of a Ukrainian jetliner one year ago on Friday called on Tehran to come clean about the tragedy and "deliver justice" for the victims' families.

Ukraine vows action as mourners mark Iran plane downing

Kiev - Ukraine's government vowed Friday to bring to justice those who downed a Ukrainian passenger jet in Iran, as hundreds gathered in Kiev to mourn the victims on the first anniversary of their deaths.

Iran dithering on crash probe, says Ukraine airline

Kiev - Iranian investigators probing the downing of a passenger plane a year ago are deliberately dragging their feet, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) said on Wednesday.

Swiss get 24/7 fighter jet protection

Geneva - Switzerland will get round-the-clock airspace protection starting this week, the military said Tuesday, nearly seven years after the country was unable to scramble fighter jets to respond to an hijacking outside of business hours.

First 'Covid-tested' flight lands in Rome from New York

Rome - The first "Covid-tested" flight arrived in Rome from New York on Wednesday, an initiative designed to open up air routes between Europe and the United States blocked by the pandemic.

Boeing 737 MAX returns to sky with Brazil commercial flight

Matupa - More than 20 months after it was grounded following two deadly crashes, Boeing's 737 MAX returned to the skies Wednesday with an incident-free commercial flight in Brazil, said AFP journalists on board.

Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break sound barrier, dies aged 97

Washington - Chuck Yeager, a World War II fighter ace who was the first human to travel faster than sound and whose gutsy test pilot exploits were immortalized in the bestselling book "The Right Stuff," died Monday, his wife said. He was 97.

Boeing scores first 737 MAX order since grounding

London - Boeing on Thursday picked up its first major order for the 737 MAX since the aircraft was grounded for 20 months following two fatal crashes, as Irish no-frills airline Ryanair signed a deal to acquire 75 of the planes.

Safe trip? Aboard the revamped Boeing 737 MAX's 1st public flight

Tulsa - Will this plane land safely?The question might have at least crossed the minds of the 87 passengers on the revamped Boeing 737 MAX's first public flight Wednesday following a 20-month grounding after two fatal crashes.

Frankfurt pharma hub prepares for Covid vaccine task

Frankfurt Am Main - As a string of Covid-19 vaccines near approval, Frankfurt Airport staff are gearing up to handle the unprecedented logistical challenge of transporting millions of life-saving doses worldwide.

Australia eyes vaccination entry requirement

Sydney - Australia will likely require international arrivals to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face a prolonged quarantine, as officials sketch out what "new normal" virus restrictions may look like.

Qatar says identified parents of dumped baby in airport scandal

Doha - Qatar said Monday it had identified the parents of a baby girl dumped at its airport, an incident that prompted officials to order departing female passengers to undergo invasive examinations, sparking global outrage.

Shanghai airport mass testing staff after virus cases reported

Bejing - Staff at Shanghai's biggest international airport are facing mass testing after a small outbreak of Covid-19 in the city was linked to several cargo handlers, with plans underway to vaccinate high-risk workers.

Mechanical fault blamed for 2016 Pakistan airline crash

Islamabad - Engineers for Pakistan's scandal-hit state airline failed to repair a technical fault that led to a 2016 plane crash in which all 47 people on board died, a report has found.

US regulators clear Boeing 737 MAX to fly again

Washington - US regulators on Wednesday cleared the Boeing 737 MAX to return to the skies, ending its 20-month grounding after two fatal crashes that plunged the company into crisis.

Guatemalan police find ton of cocaine in crashed plane

Guatemala City - Guatemalan police have recovered more than 1.5 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $20 million from a crashed plane near the Mexican border, the attorney general's office said Thursday.

Boeing sees more cancelled orders as MAX nears return

New York - Boeing said Tuesday it was hit with another 12 cancelled orders for the 737 MAX, as the flagship aircraft is close to returning to the skies after being grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes.

Flydubai to launch first commercial service to Tel Aviv

Dubai - Dubai budget airline flydubai said Wednesday it will start direct flights to Tel Aviv this month, the first regular commercial service between the cities, after the UAE and Israel agreed to normalise ties.

KLM 3.4bn bailout in crisis as unions refuse paycut plan

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Saturday suspended plans to help beleaguered national carrier KLM with a multi-billion-euro bailout package after unions declined to sign a deal involving a five-year pay-cut plan.

Berlin's much delayed new airport welcomes first flights

Berlin - Berlin's new international airport officially opened on Saturday nine years late, massively over-budget and in the middle of a virus-induced air transport crisis.
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